Kirk celebrates hard-fought USRA Modified victory at Central Missouri Speedway
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August 6, 2016  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Dalton Kirk won the USRA Modified feature.

WARRENSBURG, Mo.—Kids Night at Central Missouri Speedway brought smiles to the hundreds of kids on hand, and to the winning drivers who claimed main event wins in front of an appreciative and lively crowd.

Kids night is always one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for many reasons but for the kids, it’s all about the foot races, goody bags and giveaways. For the speedway staff and adults, it’s all about bringing up the next generation of drivers and fans to carry on decades of grass-roots racing tradition.

For the night’s competition, 86 drivers checked in for competition, including USRA Modified, Street Stock, B-Mods, and Pure Stock weekly championship racing along with guest classes the Allstar Midget Series and the Midwest Mod-Lite Racing Series (MMLRS).

Heat race winners were Ryan Middaugh, Brian Johnson and Dalton Kirk. The starting grids were then determined as racers prepared for their main events.

The final event of the night was the USRA Modified 25-lap feature. Edgerton, Kan., racer Dalton Kirk and Richmond’s Aaron Marrant showed the way.

Just a few weeks ago, Marrant made a last-lap pass on Kirk to claim the win but that didn’t seem to faze Kirk as he blasted to the front. Marrant ran close in second for the initial laps but Kirk looked strong as he pulled away for the first 10 caution-free laps.

Three quick cautions then flew over the field for two single-car spins and a debris as the field stayed close for the restarts.

When racing resumed, Ryan Middaugh from fourth on the grid, began to find the high line to his preference as he challenged Brian Johnson and Marrant for second. Middaugh, of Fulton, made his move to the runner-up position by lap 13 just before the final caution flag flew on lap 14.

When racing resumed, Kirk led Middaugh in a final green-flag run to the finish. Kirk again pulled away, keeping all pursuers at bay to claim his first win of the season at CMS.

Middaugh posted a CMS-best finish of second, one spot ahead of Tim Karrick. The track suited Karrick perfectly as he advanced from 10th on the field to also use a vintage high-line run towards the front.

Marrant held on for a fourth-place finish while Dwight Niehoff recorded a season-best CMS run to fifth from his ninth starting position.

Kids night could not have been possible without all the great contributions donated by Kim Carter and Carter’s Kettle Corn, Nathan Vaughn Racing, Jason Walls Racing, Midwest Mod-Lite Racing Series, Lewis Jackson Racing, Kevin Blackburn Racing, Wesley Smith Racing, the Jason Hale family, The Stoecklin Family, Brook’s Auto, Fox Heating & Cooling, Gator Graphics, Dean Wille Racing, Gecco Graphics, L&L Pest Control, Warrensburg Collision, Barb Myers, Jay Prevete Racing, Clayton Campbell Racing, Tim Karrick Racing, Buzzanga’s Amoco, Michele Helton, Sherry Reed, Tammy Eshleman, Bent & Dent, Warrensburg Animal Hospital, National Guard, Rib Crib, Blue Springs Dentistry and Orthodontics, King’s Racing, Jayhawk Mill Wright, CMS Pure Stock Drivers, Dalton Phillips Racing, Rob Gard Racing, Alan Miller family, Brian Ziegler Racing, Mr. & Mrs. Seims, Darrin Christy Racing, Hershel Thompson, Casey’s General Store, Jacob Ebert and Buddy Thompson Racing, Gary and Amanda Akers Racing, Wal-Mart, USMC, Pepsi, Russ and Dwight Niehoff Racing, and Karen and Rick Darling.

Thank you to each and every one of the race steams, track staff, businesses and fans who made this night so special for the kids!

Next week, championship racing continues in all divisions along with guest class ULMA Late Models. With only a few weeks of racing left, the championship battles are coming down to the wire for all divisions. ULMA late model drivers will also bring their championship battle to CMS in what is expected to be a quality filled group of drivers in the group’s second-to-last appearance of the year at CMS.

For any new drivers wanting to come out to CMS and give things a try, registration is now just $10 for the remainder of the season for USRA Modified, B-Mod, Street Stock, and Pure Stock drivers. There are no registration fees for ULMA drivers. This Saturday pit gates open at 4:30 with admission gates opening at 5. Driver pill draw cutoff is 6:15 (no passing points awarded to late-arriving drivers). Pit Meeting takes place at 6:30, followed by hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30.

CMS is located 3.5-miles north of Warrensburg, MO from the junction of Highways 50 and 13 in Warrensburg just north of the new Hwy 13 by-pass round-a-bout, or from the Higginsville exit off I-70, head south on Highway 13 for twelve and half miles.

Admission prices for this weekend are: $12 adult general mission, $10 military with I.D., seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids aged 6 to 12 $5. Children 5 and under and seniors 75 and over free. All pit passes $30.

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CMS and Lakeside Speedway will once again team up for their end-of-season banquets for one single night of awards, camaraderie and bench-racing, food, music, and fun on November 5th at the Blue Springs Elk’s Lodge. Stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks as the race season nears completion in September. Here’s a look at how the championship point standings are unfolding to determine the 2016 CMS Track Champions.

CMS wishes to thank its 2016 primary sponsors for their support this season! Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, KMMO FM 102.9, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, Heartland Waste, and 'Today's New Hit Country' 95.3 FM KDKD.

This list of 2016 outstanding business partners includes: Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Batliner Recycling, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Economy Lumber, Kleinschmidt's Western Store, OK Tire Stores, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, LJS Graphics, Finish Line Performance, Wolf Tire Service, JA Performance and Outdoor Services,, and Seeburg Mufflers.

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United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016


1. (1) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
2. (4) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton
3. (10) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
4. (2) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond
5. (9) 9D Dwight Niehoff, Neosho
6. (3) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence
7. (5) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg
8. (16) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton
9. (11) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
10. (15) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia
11. (7) 12V Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia
12. (13) B Allan Broers, Edgerton, Kan.
13. (18) X25 Travis Ruff, Belton
14. (8) 24JR James Dean Eaton, Bates City
15. (17) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan.
16. (20) 00 Justin Plumb, Peculiar
17. (19) 8 Wesley Summers, Odessa
18. (6) 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove
19. (14) 2D Dean Bachner, Olathe, Kan.
20. (12) 5K Colson Kirk, Urbana

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